Date of Award
Lawrence B. Conyers
Communities of Practice, Environmental Change, Footwear, Population migration, Prehistory, Southern High Plains
Perishable artifacts, such as basketry, cordage, and sandals are rare cultural materials due to the environments in which they are preserved and their inherent non-durability. Where recovered, researchers have used them to study expressed identity and trace population movements over time and space. On this premise, previously un-described sandal assemblages from Trinchera Cave, Colorado and the Kenton Caves, Oklahoma/New Mexico were age dated, analyzed, and compared to other known sandal collections throughout North America, including Franktown Cave, Colorado. The study of the rare perishables from all three caves/rockshelters on the Southern High Plains have provided a unique opportunity for the acquisition of information regarding the technology used by and possible affiliations of prehistoric people in and immediately adjacent to this region. Specifically, the utilization of similar sandal styles at these sites at different times during the Archaic through Late Prehistoric periods suggests several population movements on the Southern High Plains.
Rexroth, Allison, "Prehistoric Sandals of the Southern High Plains: Indicators of Cultural Affinity and Change" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 546.
Recieved from ProQuest